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The original independent news, politics and culture podcast that doesn’t take itself too seriously and yet punches well above its weight. Join critically acclaimed & derided hosts Tony Groves and Martin McMahon as they delve into the news of the day, pull apart the spin and bluster and bring unedited corporate free unapologetic realism to the things that matter. in the . There will be shenanigans!
 
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Celebrated author and podcaster Jon Ronson talks to Hugh about his recent BBC podcast series Things Fell Apart which explores the origins of the culture wars through several unique stories. Jon Ronson will be bringing his live show about Things Fell Apart to Liberty Hall Theatre, on 10th June. You can buy tickets here. Jon will also be appearing at…
 
In the face of massive delays, "Passport Express" gets binned. Housing Minister Daragh O'Brien's shows some 'North Dublin swagger' taking Leaders' Questions, but just manages a draw in his bout with Sinn Féin's Pearse Doherty. And echoes of Trump as Boris Johnson surfs a tsunami of negative headlines. The Your Politics team parse the week's news.…
 
Confused about the crypto crash? How will this turbulent time in digital currency impact society? We’re joined by Alex Hern, Technology Editor at The Guardian to discuss buying the dip, Ponzi scheme characteristics, and evangelical crypto communities. Also, Emer Higgins is back, the rolling An Bord Pleanála drama, and loads of techno tales.…
 
If Sinn Féin fulfils its ambition to be the first party other than Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil to form a government in the Republic, what challenges will it face to implement its ambitious agenda? That question is the subject of this week’s opinion piece by former political advisor Gerard Howlin. He joins Jennifer Bray, Harry McGee and Cormac McQuinn …
 
It was a pleasure to be rejoined on the tortoise shack by Press Secretary for the US Debt Collective, Braxton Bevington, to discuss the latest in what is happening in the labyrinthine misery inducing US student debt "market."President Biden has pledged to address this in what is seen as a populist move in advance of the midterm elections. Braxton t…
 
(It is no exaggeration to say that this is one of the most shocking and important podcasts we've ever done. But it does contain details that some listeners may find disturbing)Joining us on the tortoise shack is Research Fellow at NUI Galway, Dr Jo Murphy-Lawless for a conversation you simply must listen to. Jo tells us about the underlying crisis …
 
Part one: Following two weeks of intense debate and discussion on the relocation of the National Maternity Hospital, the plan has finally been approved by Cabinet. But at what political cost? Pat and Jen join Hugh to discuss. In part two, London Editor Denis Staunton and Northern Editor Freya McClements assess the Stormont stalemate and the latest …
 
With interest rates heading up, inflation zooming ahead and US banks laying off mortgage staff we asked Colorado based economist, Constantin Gurdgiev what he thought was happening in the housing system, both in Ireland and globally.We talk about the danger for Ireland's beggar thy neighbour tax regime and the shrinking of globalisation. Constantin …
 
It was a pleasure to talk with Project Manager of wearenotnumbers.org, Enas Fares Ghannam on what is coincidentally the 74th Nakba Day.Enas explains the work they do and how telling personal stories gives a voice to the voiceless. We discuss the killing of "iconic and beloved" journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh and the shameful acts of aggression by Isr…
 
Billy Hutchinson, Leader of the Progressive Unionist Party; Martin Heydon, Fine Gael TD for Kildare South and Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine; Matt Carthy, Sinn Féin TD for Cavan Monaghan and spokesperson on Agriculture; Annie Hoey, Labour Senator and spokesperson on Higher Education, Innovation and Science…
 
It was a pleasure to be joined by singer, songwriter and longtime activist, Mary Coughlan in advance of tomorrow's National Maternity Hospital Rally. In this short podcast Mary talks about her history of standing up against Church and State and why recent events around the world show us why it is essential that we do not allow a public hospital be …
 
A storm is raging over the term 'clinically appropriate' and the new National Maternity Hospital. Green Party and Government TD Neasa Hourigan, who sits on the Health Committee, foresees a court challenge if it is not clarified. She joins Your Politics to discuss lack of trust, red herrings, and being thrust into "a very difficult position".…
 
Pandemonium: Power, Politics and Ireland’s Pandemic, is the new book by Irish Times political reporter Jack Horgan-Jones and Hugh O’Connell, political correspondent for the Irish Independent. It examines the government handling of the coronavirus pandemic, revealing the moves, power-plays and tactics of those in charge. The co-authors join Pat Leah…
 
You might have seen this week that Octogenarian Anti-War Activists, Ken Mayers and Tarak Kauff were found guilty of interfering with the operation, management or safety of Shannon airport. Joining me to discuss this and their treatment by the Irish State is spokesperson for Shannonwatch, Edward Horgan. We discuss the fine of €10,000 that was impose…
 
Across Ireland, small businesses are facing a near-crippling confluence of events; the staffing crisis impacting hiring and retention, out of control insurance costs, crazy energy price hikes, and inflation across the board. There's also the housing and rental crisis which is having a huge impact on small businesses. On this episode, we're digging …
 
Freya McClements, Mary Minihan and Pat Leahy join Hugh to analyse the results of last week's Northern Ireland Assembly elections. The major talking point is Sinn Féin taking the largest number of seats for the first time, while the Alliance Party's unprecedented success signals the importance of the middle ground in Northern Ireland. See acast.com/…
 
On this episode of Policed The Beat, Vicky is joined by Echo Chamber Cohost, Tony Groves and Director of UglyMugs.ie, Lucy Smith. They discuss the recent story in the Irish Examiner by Aoife Moore - Hundreds of reports of men claiming to be Gardaí attacking sex workers - Here:https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40858064.htmlLucy talks about the…
 
The date of the Assembly Election, May 5th, was also the anniversary of Bobby Sands' death, a seismic moment in Irish history. On this bonus episode, we talk to Laurence McKeown, who also joined the hunger strikes that changed the political landscape. McKeown is an author, playwright, and poet, who was also imprisoned in the H-Blocks, and spent 70 …
 
While the Government are trying to give assurances about the ownership of the National Maternity Hospital, the public, several politicians and many legal experts are far from convinced. Joining me to discuss the #MakeNMHOurs campaign and their deep concerns over the lack of transparency and many aspects of this deal are Bernie Linnane, Karen Sugrue…
 
Barry Ward describes the "harrowing" experience of visiting a mass grave in Bucha earlier, where more than 100 people are interred. The Fine Gael Senator recounts the "steely determination" of the population in the face of devastation. A lawyer, he tells Your Politics that the EU must take the lead in gathering crucial evidence of war crimes.…
 
Why we need Personal Assistant Services with James Cawley of ILMIThis Reboot Republic talks to the always wonderful James Cawley, policy officer with Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI) and proud disabled person, about the ILMI's campaign for Personal Assistant Services for disabled people, to be available as a right.The ILMI is led by disab…
 
Sarah Hurst is a journalist who has been reporting on Russia for thirty years - her interview starts at 15:00. ***** Sharon Keogan is an independent member of Seanad Éireann, she’s one of those independent politicians who discovered her deeply-held belief in independent politics, just after she discovered that she had failed to get a […]…
 
Tomorrow Northern Ireland goes to the polls, in what’s been dubbed the most important vote in a generation. For the first time in more than a century, there is the prospect of a nationalist being elected to the top job in government. What could that mean for power sharing? In the rest of the United Kingdom, local elections are taking place. Will di…
 
For over a year now, Echo Chamber Cohost Martin McMahon has been digging into an issue he spotted with the Public Services Card. Thanks to the great work of investigative reporter at Noteworthy/The Journal, Maria Delaney, we can now reveal what is massive state surveillance that has no legal basis. Martin, Maria and Data Solicitor, Simon McGarr joi…
 
It's our final #AE22 instalment before the North goes to the polls, and this week, we're talking borders. But not the border discourse you're used to. Many, many people are prevented from moving from county to county in this country because of border restrictions placed on visa-nationals. Imagine working in a hospital in Derry, but being unable to …
 
It was a pleasure to be joined by Dublin Inquirer Reporter, Shamim Malekmian, Prison Officer Whistleblower, Noel McGree and Martin for our rundown of the week that was. We discuss the State failing to recognise Climate Refugees, the investigation into Prison catering services, the US student debt campaign's links to Ireland, a terrible week for Rod…
 
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